Primeur magazine

Edition: live - Issue: 2011-06-20

Blog

The fastest computer in the world, just called K? One letter? Yes, it is not that they ran out of inspiration at Riken. K (or Kei as we know the Japanese character outside Asia) has several meanings. One is a gateway, and the K-computer is expected to be a gateway that opens up new ways for scientific discoveries. Another meaning is 10**16, which happens to be the speed of the machine: 10 Petaflop/s. And it is related to Kobe, home of the K computer. ΠDr. Watanabe showing the certificate for fastest supercomputer in the world. Read further...

Applications

First keynote speaker in the opening session at ISC'11 was Dr. Henry Markram, Director of the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Markram has an experience of more than 20 years in brain research. He started out in medicine where he catalogued diseases and specialized in neurology in Cape Town, South Africa. There are 500 clinically classified diseases in the brain. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry are pulling out of brain research because it is too costly and this industry is only focusing on where the money is. Academia receives 5% of the available funding to address the rest of the brain diseases. At present, there are some 5 million papers studying the brain which involves an enormous data growth. Dr. Markram emphasized that we need to start getting organized. The solution to the data tsunami is integration: the creation of a unifying model. Read further...

TOP500

A Japanese supercomputer capable of performing more than 8 quadrillion calculations per second (petaflop/s) is the new number one system in the world, putting Japan back in the top spot for the first time since the Earth Simulator was dethroned in November 2004, according to the latest edition of the TOP500 List of the world's top supercomputers. The system, called the K Computer, is at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Kobe. Read further...
RIKEN and Fujitsu have taken the first place on the 37th TOP500 list announced at the 26th International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'11) held in Hamburg, Germany. This ranking is based on a performance measurement of the "K computer", currently under their joint development. The TOP500-ranked K computer system, currently in the configuration stage, has 672 computer racks equipped with a current total of 68,544 CPUs. This half-build system achieved the world's best LINPACK benchmark performance of 8.162 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point operations per second), to place it at the head of the TOP500 list. In addition, the system has recorded high standards with a computing efficiency ratio of 93.0%. This is the first time since June 2004 with the "Earth Simulator" that a Japanese supercomputer has been ranked first on the TOP500 list. Read further...
As requested by old ISC tradition, Erich Strohmaier highlighted the facts and details in the newly issued TOP500 list at ISC'11. There are now 10 Petaflop systems in the TOP500. The Roadrunner which was the first Petaflop system in this list some years ago, is now ranked no. 10 with the lowest power consumption in that TOP10. The TOP10 is not that exciting except for the new no. 1, of course. There is a new increase in performance since last year. As for the performance development, the effect of Moore's Law is being shown in an exponential growth. Read further...
AMD is prominently featured in the newest bi-annual TOP500 Supercomputers list, announced at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011. AMD's leadership in High Performance Computing (HPC) is demonstrated by double digit growth in the total number of systems on the TOP500 list that are based on AMD platforms. More than half of the 68 supercomputers based on AMD technology now feature the 8- and 12-core AMD Opteron 6100 Series processor. These systems demonstrate massive performance capability as measured by the LINPACK benchmark, while driving commerce and helping researchers investigate complex science problems. Read further...

Company news

Altair Engineering Inc.'s PBS Professional, the company's EAL3+ security certified commercial-grade high-performance computing (HPC) workload management solution, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on June 17. During the month of June, the company also will exhibit at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Hamburg, Germany June 19-23, and launch its PBS Professional version 11.1 update. Read further...
Adapteva has selected ETI's SWARM - SWift Adaptive Runtime Machine - software solution for its Epiphany multicore processor, the first ever architecture capable of scaling to thousands of parallel processors on a single chip. ETI's SWARM programming environment enables application development on the Epiphany processing architecture, and is part of the company's unique many-core expertise offerings that include design, development, and other custom programming services for advanced HPC and embedded computing systems. Read further...
T-Platforms, a global HPC company providing comprehensive supercomputing systems, software and services, and AEON Computing, a U.S.-based supplier of HPC clusters, servers, workstations and custom solutions, have signed a strategic reseller agreement between the two companies. As part of this new agreement, AEON Computing will supply T-Platforms systems, components and integrated solutions to the U.S. high performance computing market. Read further...
When 2,300 experts from around the world convene to discuss the latest developments in high-performance computing, the conversations are bound to be interesting. But the 2011 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC11) will take this a step further with a series of sessions designed to ensure lively exchanges. Now in its 26th year, ISC11 will be held June 19 - 23 at the Congress Center Hamburg, Germany. While international in scope, all proceedings are conducted in English. Read further...
SGI will be unveiling groundbreaking solutions in the areas of cluster computing, MIC computing, and shared memory computing. Read further...
Leveraging its unique, system-level understanding of high performance computing (HPC) communications fabrics, QLogic has extended its software capabilities with InfiniBand Fabric Suite (IFS) 7.0. The latest version of QLogic's fabric management software package enables users to optimize fabric performance and communications efficiency, while minimizing management costs, for HPC clusters of any size. Read further...
Panasas Inc., an expert in high performance parallel storage for technical computing applications and big data workloads, has launched the Panasas ActiveStor 11 parallel storage system appliance. Powered by the PanFS operating system, ActiveStor 11 seamlessly scales to 6PB of capacity and 115GB/s of throughput from a single global namespace. Its advanced blade architecture blends performance, capacity, and cost-efficiency in a system optimised for data-intensive applications where time-to-results is a critical concern. Read further...
The Appro Xtreme-X supercomputers were selected for a major joint procurement by the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Multiple systems will be delivered to the three national labs in NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) programme: Lawrence Livermore (LLNL), Los Alamos (LANL) and Sandia (SNL). This contract represents the second time that NNSA has chosen Appro as its multi-year exclusive supplier of comprehensive capacity cluster systems across all three Labs. Read further...
Leveraging the superior message rate performance and scalable latency of its TrueScale InfiniBand architecture, QLogic has been selected to provide its 12000 Series switches and 7300 Series adapters in a massive supercomputer deployment for the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA's) Tri-Laboratory Linux Capacity Cluster 2 (TLCC2). The clusters will be deployed over the next two years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Sandia National Laboratories, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and encompasses as many as 20,000 nodes. Appro, the system integrator in the agreement, is providing its Xtreme-X supercomputer hardware along with QLogic Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand solutions. Read further...
T-Platforms, an international developer of supercomputers and a supplier of a full range of solutions and services for high-performance computing, is participating in the International Supercomputing Conference - ISC'11, one of the world's most prestigious conferences focused on high performance computing. The ISC'11 conference and exhibition will be held from June 20th to the 23rd at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) in Hamburg, Germany. ISC11 will attract more than 2,000 experts in the sphere of supercomputer technologies and research for its 26th annual gathering. The conference exhibition will include computer hardware and software companies along with research organisations presenting the latest developments and research accomplishments in scientific and technical computing. Read further...